Truper 30524, DHM-31/2H, 3-1/2-Pound Double Bit Michigan Axe, Hickory Handle, 35-Inch. Handy axe for Home, farm, dairy, sport, recreation, garden or home use. Durable hickory handle is an industry standard for strength and comfort. Heat treated blade, wood and steel wedge assembly. After use, clean handle and coat blade with light lubricant. Stock up on quality Truper Tools for other projects today. Truper has been in the hand tool manufacturing business for over 40-year and is by far the largest Mexican company in its field. Truper relies on the most advanced modern and efficient technology to guarantee the optimum quality and value of its products and demanding service needs of the company’s global customers.
Very low quality ~ reviewed by Skouchy
This is a solid but poorly made axe. The workmanship is so bad that it worse than many products from China (this axe was made in Mexico).
First, the handle is unlike any axe handle I’ve ever held. It is like a rectangle with rounded edges, so it is uncomfortable in the hand. Second, the handle on the one I got was very irregular – it almost had waves in the wood it was so poorly made. The finish on the wood is awful too – really rough from the grain that lifted when the sealant was applied.
Then comes the axe head itself. The cutting edge was flat in spots, and the sides were unevenly ground, i.e. more material taken off of one side of the blade than the other.
I decided to try to fix it rather than go through the hassle of returning it.
I started by stripping the finish off the handle, but, in the process, the finish on the head started to peel off too. It turns out that what I thought was the grey of the metal head was actually a textured paint made to look like metal. After stripping the wood with one coat of stripper and having to use two for the head I was able to start repairing the structural defects.
Using 80 grit sandpaper and a block I sanded the handle edges until they were round enough to be comfortable, then I sanded as much of the irregularities/waves out of the wood as I could. Then I got the handle wet to lift the grain, dried it, sanded it with 220 grit, and repeated the process a second time.
After that I went to work on the head, using a sanding disc to reshape the defective bits, then finished by sharpening the edge with a Lansky dual grit round whetstone.
Then I buffed the handle with 0000 steel wool, and am now in the process of applying multiple coats of Daly’s Seafin Teak Oil.
If it sounds like a lot of work, it was, but it’s necessary to make this axe a useable tool. After all this I hope the steel is of a decent quality.
If you want a good axe right off the bat, get something else, like a Council Tool or Barco. If you want a project or you have really low standards, get one of these.
Same Problem – Axe head separated from the handle ~ reviewed by Adam
I experienced the same problem as TrueBuilder. I burn wood in my home and used the axe the way any conscientious homeowner would. The head separated from the handle within a few months of moderate use. I am very disappointed in this product. I am also having great difficulty removing the adhesive from the head, so even making a repair is quite unlikely. For a nice high-end consumer axe, this is unacceptable. I will not buy another one from this company.
Axe head separating from handle – no corporate response – recommend against ~ reviewed by True Builder
Don’t buy. I bought the unmatched set of “Truper 30957 6-Pound Splitting Maul, 36-Inch Fiberglass Handle”, “Truper 30528 3-1/2-Pound Single Bit Michigan Axe, Fiberglass Handle, 33-Inch”, and a Truper Pick & Mattock, all around the beginning of 2009, all with yellow Fiberglass handles for durability, and all under the name “Collins”, that I remembered from childhood. Note the designs have changed; however the first two products appear identical but for the black “racing stripes”.
None got significant use until the summer of 2011 when the head of the Maul stayed stuck in a disk / cylinder of trunk that I was splitting. Close examination showed that the handle was a steep wedge ~glued in, had just “come out”, and there was no obvious way short of major machine tools that the head was going to be useful for anything. The hardware store where I bought it also hadn’t seen this before, and marvelled.
Then on smaller disks I noticed that the head of the axe was beginning to loosen. The hole farthest from the handle has a glassy plastic overlay that never moved, yet the handle itself began to head away from the axe, and its movement was preceded by a more pliable black sealer / adhesive of some sort that was forced out of the hole and down the handle, in the direction of the user. Handle and head haven’t yet parted company, but I’m no longer using it as I consider it dangerous. Like the Maul, if I only had a machine shop I’d just ream out the hole and go wooden next time; but since I don’t….
The mattock continues to work just fine, although I haven’t used it much.
I work with computers for a living (chopping wood is only an avocation, and as I don’t do the gym as often as I should, a “light duty” one at that), so this just doesn’t seem to be a reasonable failure rate. I contacted firstname.lastname@example.org regarding their products, and never heard back anything.
This isn’t how I expect to be treated. My next such will be a Fiscars; I have their hatchet (what luck no Collins…), it’s proven indestructible so far.
Felling Axe, for cutting down Trees. Not for Splitting ~ reviewed by Scooby Doo
Tree felling is a forestry term. It refers to the process of cutting down a tree. This Truper 30524 3-1/2-Pound Double Bit Michigan Axe, Hickory Handle, 35-Inch is mainly used for cutting down trees. It has two good blades that could be sharper but they work just fine. I like to sharpen mine myself. Also having 2-sides lets you stay outside longer.
Again, it is NOT meant to be used as a log splitter because its much too light. If you want to split logs/wood then you should get a splitting maul. i haven’t tried it but this steel red splitting maul looks beefy.
This is pretty much what’s wrong with axes made today ~ reviewed by Kevin A. Griggs
This is pretty much what’s wrong with axes made today. This is the reason people are forced to buy axes from Sweden. This is what it has come to in America. Our once proud axe making tradition where we made the best axes in the world is now reduced to this level of “quality” which is simply shameful. Anyone who considers this a quality axe is not to be trusted. It is cast low quality steel. The handle says its hickory but I have my doubts. The wood seems lighter and less dense than hickory and the color is darker like its heartwood. The reason I have my doubts if it’s hickory is because I have seen probably 100 of these axes at various hardware stores and they all have the same color. Hickory is just not that consistant. The interestijg thing is, this does basically work like an axe despite it being so poorly made. It just goes to show that an axe is really a simple and crude tool when it comes down to it. It’s a wedge of metal on a handle that gets slammed into wood. I would rate this one star but it does work. It’s not going to last or preform as well as a quality axe but in a pinch, it does cut wood.
Axe ~ reviewed by J. Davis
This is a well built axe ,the handle is mounted to the head well.I use it to trim limbs and brush , it’s light weight so you can swing it for a while.
WASTE OF MONEY!! ~ reviewed by usna88
During my first outing with this “bargain” a large chunk of fiberglass that holds the bit onto the handle popped out. I’m not a big wood cutter, just occasional use. Put your money down on something that costs twice as much as this and save yourself the frustration of realizing you wasted twenty-five to thirty bucks!
The axe is beautiful. The grain was in the correct orientation on … ~ reviewed by Douglas Hawking
The axe is beautiful. The grain was in the correct orientation on the handle. The Axe head is warped. The lower third of the blade is warped as much as five degrees. I checked some other Truper axes at a local store and found the same. Premium my rear. I will nit buy a Truper product again.
good deal ~ reviewed by WarDog
Very useful for the camp or the wood pile. About the best kindling axe I’ve got. I’d say thumbs up.
Awesome. ~ reviewed by Cameron Mills
Awesome. Nice quality material.